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Sounds like a very clear description of beeman ?_?
I spent some more time listening to my Cowon i7 (which has very powerful output for a DAP) and my 650s and I did not like what I heard. The sound was veiled and muddled and the 650s barely sounded better than my 485s coming out of this source, if at all. I think you really do need an amp. . . which is what I've been reading all over the place and assumed was true. I only have a modest DAC/AMP because it was all I could afford, but sounds quite a bit better than my Cowon.
Exactly, the only way you're going to know is to listen to it yourself. Too many people give advice about components they have never tested and know very little about.
If you think you need an amp, use one. If you don't then don't use one.
If this were the case this forum wouldn't exist.
Take a look at the cable forum. Though measurements and double blind tests conclusively prove cables make no audible difference in sound, people still convince themselves that they do. I'd say everything in that forum is nonsense pandered by conmen looking to take advantage of people's ignorance, but that forum still exists.
Cables and amplifiers are very different things.
If your ears tell you that amplifiers really make no significant difference in the output signal, then you probably don't even need headphones like the HD650's.
You'd probably be happier with a pair of headphones that are EXPECTED to be used without an amplifier by most people. Most of the time these lower tier headphones sound better unamped than a higher end pair would. (by unamped I assume you know I mean no standalone headphone amp)
^The difference an amplifier makes typically depends upon two factors:
Headphones played at low volume, which is how I prefer to listen to music, are less likely to need an amplifier. That, and I've found that a good sound card, maybe something for $200, works just as well as any solid state amplifier out there
That goes for just about this whole forum, not just the cable one. Bunch of nonsense that's been propagated by slick marketing.
High impedance headphones are in fact easier to drive, while low impedance headphones, like speakers, draw more current and can cause clipping if the amp runs out of juice or in the worst case amp overheating (ruin the amp, possibly the speakers too).
I disagree with this. Amplifiers make a huge difference at low volumes, maybe even more so than at moderate volumes. Without proper signal amplification the volume must be turned up to be able to hear the fine details and texture. With a decent amp lower volumes sound MUCH better.
I listen for a living.. And i can tell you it all makes a difference.
Yes the stupid will always part with their money, hoping get some great audio revelation from a different colored piece of string.
But knowing what pieces of kit make the largest improvement to your end signal.. That's the deal.
Now if i really want an edge that i know i can hear quite plainly in my already killer set up it will go more like this..
Cryo does wonders for the sound of things, wooden/alloy channel splitters do not.
I too LMAO when reading Audiophilre claptrap, in print and here on the web..
But... if you dont hear the differences between the headphone outs of a soundcard and a High end amplification headphone amp..
Well then this forum or any other sound advice forum may well be the wrong place to waist your time at.
Rather get a 40$ skullcandy with a cheap Realtek HD soundcard. Pretty stupid question.
Ordered the fiio q1 mark 2, not sure can it power hd650. Some says yes some says no.